Moderate mag. 4.9 earthquake - Maluku Sea, 59 km south of Pulau Karis Island, Indonesia, on Tuesday, 29 Dec 2020 7:08 pm (GMT +9) -

Moderate mag. 4.9 earthquake - Maluku Sea, 59 km south of Pulau Karis Island, Indonesia, on Tuesday, 29 Dec 2020 7:08 pm (GMT +9)

Moderate magnitude 4.9 earthquake at 54 km depth

29 Dec 10:15 UTC: First to report: BMKG after 7 minutes.
29 Dec 21:15: Magnitude recalculated from 4.7 to 4.9. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 10.0 to 54.0 km (from 6.2 to 34 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 13 km (7.9 mi) towards NE.
Date & time: 29 Dec 2020 10:08:36 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Tuesday, 29 Dec 2020 7:08 pm (GMT +9)
Magnitude: 4.9
Depth: 54.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 2.79°N / 127.36°E (Molucca Sea, Indonesia)
Nearest volcano: Tarakan (114 km / 71 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
138 km (86 mi) NNW of Tobelo (Kabupaten Halmahera Utara) (pop: 10,000) --> See nearby quakes!
222 km (138 mi) N of Ternate (pop: 101,700) --> See nearby quakes!
229 km (143 mi) N of Sofifi (Kota Tidore Kepulauan) (pop: 36,200) --> See nearby quakes!
283 km (176 mi) ENE of Bitung (pop: 137,400) --> See nearby quakes!
315 km (196 mi) ENE of Manado (pop: 451,900) --> See nearby quakes!
318 km (198 mi) ENE of Tondano (Kabupaten Minahasa) (pop: 33,300) --> See nearby quakes!
328 km (204 mi) ENE of Tomohon (pop: 27,600) --> See nearby quakes!
442 km (275 mi) SE of General Santos City (Philippines) (pop: 679,600) --> See nearby quakes!
451 km (280 mi) SSE of Maluñgun (Philippines) (pop: 52,200) --> See nearby quakes!
459 km (285 mi) SE of Polomolok (Philippines) (pop: 64,000) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Overcast Clouds 29°C (84 F), humidity: 74%, wind: 3 m/s (6 kts) from NW
Primary data source: BMKG (Meteorological, Climatological, and Geophysical Agency of Indonesia)
Estimated released energy: 1.4 x 1012 joules (392 megawatt hours, equivalent to 338 tons of TNT) More info
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

Info: The more agencies report about the same quake and post similar data, the more confidence you can have in the data. It takes normally up to a few hours until earthquake parameters are calculated with near-optimum precision.
Mag.DepthLocationSource
4.954 kmNorthern Molucca Sea, IndonesiaBMKG
4.960 kmMOLUCCA SEA, IndonesiaEMSC
4.365 km337 Km S 26° E of Sarangani (Davao Occidental), IndonesiaPHIVOLCS
5.045 kmNorthern Molucca Sea, IndonesiaGFZ
4.955 km140 Km NW of Tobelo, IndonesiaUSGS

User reports for this quake (1)

User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.
Jakarta / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 15-20 s
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